It is a truth universally acknowledged among writers that the first line of your novel must sock readers right where it counts.
This week Monday and Wednesday in #litchat we’re discussing first lines and openings.
Monday, July 29, we’ll look at Joe Fassler’s piece in The Atlantic, “This Did Something Powerful to Me“: Authors’ Favorite First Lines of Books. We’ll discuss these examples and give our own examples of favorite first lines.
Read the chatscript for #litchat Favorite First Lines of Novels here.
Wednesday, July 31, we’re delving deeper into what makes a great opening line with writing craft and inspiration from the following resources.
Why Stephen King Spends “Months and Even Years” Writing Opening Sentences Joe Fassler, The Atlantic
Components of a Good Opening Scene Joseph Bates, Writing World
Famous First Lines Reveal How to Start a Novel Zachary Petit, Writer’s Digest
Three Ways to a Killer Opening Line Diane O’Connell, Write To Sell Your Book
The Most Important Sentence: How to Write a Killer Opening Christopher Jackson, Fuel Your Writing
How to Write a Great Opening Line Chuck Sambuchino, Writer’s Digest
Opening Chapters Darcy Pattison, Fiction Notes
Deconstruct Your First Line A Writing Exercise from The Breakout Novelist by Donald Maass, reprinted by Writer’s Digest
If you have a resource for writing killer opening lines, please post it in the comments below.
See what other authors are scheduled to visit #litchat in the coming weeks: Coming Up in LitChat